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EC of India issues Notification in respect of extension of hours of Poll in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Election

No. 464/KT-LA/2018:- Whereas, the Governor of the State of Karnataka has, by Notification issued under sub-section (2) of section 15 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 (43 of 1951), published in the official Gazette of the State on the 17th April,2018  (Tuesday), been pleased to call upon all the Assembly Constituencies in the State of Karnataka, to elect members to the Legislative Assembly of the State, in accordance with the provisions of the said Act and of the rules and orders made there under:

Whereas, the Commission has, under Section 56 of the said Act notified hours of poll from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm as the hours of poll during which the poll shall be taken in all the assembly constituencies of the state; and

Whereas, the Commission considers that in view of the extreme heat in the State of Karnataka at present and also due to the introduction of VVPAT, it is necessary to extend the hours of poll to facilitate all the voters to cast their votes even in the late hours.

Now, therefore, the Election Commission of India in pursuance of section 56 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 read with Section 21 of the General Clauses Act, 1897 (10 of 1897),  hereby makes the following amendments in its notification No.464/KT-LA/2018, dated 17th April, 2018,  namely :-

Clause (B) of the said notification shall be substituted as under:

“(B) fixes the hours from 7.00 A.M. to 6.00 P.M. as the hours during which the poll shall,  if necessary, be taken on the date specified above, for the election.”